Single sign on is the process where a user logs on once and is able to access a range of applications through multiple channels without having to log on again.
Patient context sharing is the sharing of clinical information across applications so that specific content for a given patient can be immediately displayed without having to reselect it within each application.
This standard allows you to benefit from these two processes and access a range of ehealth solutions including the Connecting Ontario, Cancer Care Ontario and Ontario Telemedicine Network portals.
The single sign on/patient context sharing standard is based on the OASIS* SAML** version 2 specification with ehealth specific attributes added to the message. SAML is a standard format used in federated systems for the purpose of exchanging authentication data.
Specifically developed to pass required provider and patient data between federated partners, this standard enables a variety of capabilities including:
- Provider identity verification
- Multi-factor authentication
- Provider workflow enhancements (passing patient context)
- Consent management
- Auditing and compliance.
- Security and access management.
Adoption of this specification leads to an ecosystem of connected applications, delivering a wealth of patient information, in a secure and trusted fashion to Ontario’s health care providers.
* OASIS is the organization for the advancement of structured information standards.
**SAML is the security assertion markup language standard, which defines a framework for exchanging security information between online business partners.
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